Following the paths of some of his family members, Robert Paul, a graduating senior from St. Charles North High School, is heading to the University of Illinois to study a combination of two subjects he loves – computers and engineering.
Paul said he’s loved taking apart and building computers since he was a little kid, and said he would sometimes opt to stay indoors while his friends played outside just so he could tinker with computers.
Paul said the University of Illinois’ computer engineering department has a good reputation, and that’s the only school he applied to. It’s also the alma mater of two of his siblings and an aunt.
But that doesn’t make his departure from St. Charles North any easier, he said.
“I absolutely love high school,” he said. “I never want to leave.”
During his four years at North, Paul said he was the co-founder of the Blue Fan Group, a group of students who cheer on the North Stars at athletic competitions. He also was elected as prom court royalty and participated in the Mr. St. Charles North pageant and school talent show.
Paul, 18, also played soccer and tennis, was a Peer Leadership Advisor, a teacher’s assistant in the school’s math lab and spent time as a peer minister.
He said while he’s looking forward to a new chapter at the University of Illinois, he’s reluctant to leave behind the relationships he has built with his teachers, especially as he anticipates sitting in large lecture halls in college.
“... I’m a little scared,” he said. “I just love having relationships with my teachers. It’s so much more independent [in college].”